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Settle or Soar: Prayer (Part 2 of 6)

This week we will look at prayer, the first habit of a “Dynamic Catholic” (The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic p. 61). How long has it been since you last charged your cellphone? As we know, cell phones do not make their own electricity, rather they need to receive electricity from an outside source. Like cellphones, we also need to be “recharged” by an encounter with God, the author of our existence and the source of our life. Prayer is this encounter with God where we come to know his will and receive the grace to respond generously to his call.
 
The Invitation: I would like to personally invite you to spend ten minutes of each day in personal prayer for the next 30 days. Ten minutes is about 1% of the day. This is a small amount of time that has the power to transform your life. This structured time is in addition to spontaneous prayer throughout the day.

When: Set a time to pray your ten minutes. You may want to do it the same time each day so you can develop a routine. You may find that the mornings work best, before the busyness of the day begins. Mathew Kelly, in his book Rediscover Catholicism, recommends sticking a note on your bathroom counter as a reminder, or you may want to set an alarm on your phone (p. 186).
 
Where: So far in my time at St. Peters, I have been inspired by the faith and devotion of the people using the Perpetual Adoration Chapel in the church. This would be an ideal place to pray your ten minutes each day because Jesus Christ is truly present there in the Blessed Sacrament. But, I understand that this may not be possible for everyone. If that is the case, then I would encourage you to find a quiet place at your home.
 
What to do: Use this prayer guide developed by Mathew Kelly called the “Prayer Process” (taken from The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic p. 61). Go through each step honestly sharing your joys, hopes, desires, struggles, wounds, and pains with God and receive healing for the past, strength for the day, and hope for the future. You may want to keep this article so that you can use it as a prayer guide.
 
  1. Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
  2. Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
  3. Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).
  4. Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
  5. Freedom: Speak with God about how he is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.
  6. Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
  7. Pray the Our Father.
To borrow from Mathew Kelly, “One of the great moments in the life of a Christian comes when we realize, once and for all, that a life with prayer is better than a life without prayer” (The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic p. 69). Perhaps you have already experienced the joy of a habit of prayer, but if not, I invite you to begin today. Go to the well of prayer, encounter the Lord, and drink the living water of abundant life and complete joy that God desires to share with you (Catechism of the Catholic Church para. 2560).
 
~Written by Jace Gyles, Seminarian

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A Catholic Mass will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for all Iberia Parish school personnel, because we want to start the year off on a positive note! Please sit in the designated reserved area.

For more information, contact Kitty Metz at 465-2164.

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Deacon Brent Smith is offering an educational series for adults on the topic of the Eucharist.

The 3-part series will invite participants to contemplate in a deeper way the great mystery of the Eucharist in the context of Scripture, Tradition, and Church teaching.

Classes will be held in the parish hall on July 20, July 27, and August 3 from 6 pm-7 pm. Please join us.

Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

July 13th @ 6pm
The Third Apparition

Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those are most in need of your Mercy.
Presented by Sr. Mary Magdalene